Lt Gen BS Negi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Central Command carried out operational recce for Hinterland Security of Areas of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on October 5, 2016. Lt Gen Negi later visited Haldwani Military Station where he was briefed by the Station Commander on the operational & administrative aspects of the units of the station.
Lt Gen BS Negi visited the Bareilly Air Force Station on October 6, 2016 where he carried out interaction with the Air Force Station Commander, Formation Commanders of the Army and the Bareilly Station Commander to review the security preparedness of the Army and Air Force installations. During the visit, he was also briefed on operational preparedness by the Formation Commanders.
Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister and Director General, Missiles and Strategic Systems participated in the 2nd Anniversary of Swachch Bharat drive on October 2, 2016 organised by DRDO labs of Hyderabad. On the occasion he said "it is our duty to contribute towards clean and healthy environment to ensure a sustainable environment for our future generations". He further added that the new emerging forms and challenges posed by large chunks of e-waste, it is essential to promote and incentivise eco-friendly technologies. Dr Reddy also stated that "as part of the Smart City Mission, many cities have been identified for development and in order to achieve complete success in the mission, we have to steadfastly find innovative solutions for waste management with paradigm shift in technologies. Our efforts should be directed to evolve an environment friendly solution to re-cycle and convert waste into useful products for re-use".
Later, he led a cleanliness drive in the areas surrounding the Midhani Bus Depot with active participation from more than 300 volunteers including Mr MSR Prasad, Director DRDL and Dr Tessy Thomas, Director ASL, Mr CVS Sastry, Director Anurag, Dr DK Likhi, CMD Midhani, Programme Directors, Project Directors, many senior scientists and staff of DRDO and Defence PSUs based at Hyderabad.
Lt Gen Surinder Singh, the Western Army Commander, visited Headquarters Vajra Corps at Jalandhar on September 28 and 29, 2016. He was briefed by the GOC on the operational preparedness of the Army in the region.
The Army Commander subsequently visited forward locations in Gurdaspur and Amritsar and appreciated efforts being made by all to enhance the levels of preparedness. While interacting with field commanders he emphasized on the need to ensure a high degree of readiness at all levels with special reference to the areas adjoining J&K like Pathankot and Gurdaspur. He further reiterated upon greater coordination and co-operation with BSF and all intelligence agencies in the area for a better synergy.
Khuga Battalion of Churachandpur Sector Assam Rifles organised an Ex-Servicemen Rally at Khuga on September 24, 2016 under the aegis of the Red Shield Division. The rally was inaugurated by the District Welfare Officer and Commander Churachandpur Sector Assam Rifles in the presence of Guest of Honour Mr Lunminthang Haokip, Deputy Commissioner, Churachandpur District and was attended by 507 Ex-Servicemen, two War Widows and nine Veer Naris alongwith their dependents from various parts of Churachandpur District, Manipur.
The aim of this rally was to address and resolve the difficulties faced by the veterans and War Widows and to acquaint them with various existing and upcoming policies related to the Ex-servicemen. During the event, they were also informed about the upcoming recruitment rally being organized in the district with effect from 16 to 21 October 2016. Such Ex-Servicemen rallies are being organized in each district once in every three months so that the problems of ex-servicemen can be resolved on a regular basis. In order to assist the veterans and their families, stalls related to pension matters (Suvigya Cell), medical issues and canteen facilities were also established for the veterans and their families.
- Lt Col Ajay Kumar Sharma
As a part of 84th anniversary celebrations of Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Force Station Bakshi Ka Talab (BKT) organized an 'Inter School Quiz Competition' on October 4, 2016 in which 05 renowned Schools of Lucknow city participated. Various topics like History & Role of IAF, Aircraft of IAF, Current Affairs and Sports were covered in the Quiz.
The aim of the competition was to expose the young students about various facets of Indian Air Force. The event provided an opportunity to the new generation youth about first hand functioning of an Air Force Base. The participants along with the witnessing students visited airfield, Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower and other support services.
To encourage and save the girl child, Air Force Wives Welfare Association(Local), Air Force Station Manauri conducted a 'Nukkad Natak' on female foeticide and violence against women at Mahrishi Dayanan Vidyalay, Mirapur. The aim of the Nukkad Natak was to bring awareness against female foeticide amongst the parents and students. Under the leadership of Mrs Simmi Aneja, President AFWWA(L), the sanginis enthusiastically performed to educate the audience about the need of giving equal opportunity to the girl child. Lectures were also conducted on various topics related to good parenting, healthy living and importance of education for girl child. Clothes, toys and stationery items donated by air force personnel were also given away to the school during the event. The event was a huge success and there was an overwhelming response from the audience.
- Gp Capt Basantkumar B Pande
The 65th Formation Day of Defence Accounts Department (D.A.D) under Ministry of Defence was celebrated by Controller of Defence Accounts (CDA) in Secunderabad on October 1, 2016.
Lt Gen Gurmukh Singh, Commandant, Military College of EME presided over the function. Speaking on the occasion he highlighted the services rendered by CDA, Secunderabad to the Tri-Services. He also distributed DAD Motivation Awards-2016.
Special Guest Mr KP Rao, IDAS, Retired Secretary to Government of India gave away 30 years service awards to the officers and staff who have excelled in their duties.
Mr A Visweswara Rao, IDAS, Controller explained the various achievements of the organization in the recent past. As a welfare measure financial assistance was given to widows of DAD employees and distributed the prizes to the participants who had taken part in the various competitions conducted to mark the occasion.
Mr A Poshetty, IDAS, Additional Controller welcomed the gathering as well as gave away the cash awards to Multi Tasking Staff.
Cultural programme by in-house talent was also organized. The function was attended by IDAS Officers, Army Officers, Cantonment Officers and Officers/staff of the Department in the station.
People of Ramban district and adjoining area witnessed a nail biting and exciting Kabaddi tournament final match at Government Higher Secondary School, Ramban. Rashtriya Rifles Battalion had organised Ramban Kabaddi League at Government Higher Secondary School, Ramban under the Sadhbhavana initiative. The tournament started from 28 September 2016 and concluded on 04 October 2016. Total of twenty teams participated in the tournament.
"Shining Sangaldan" and "Royal Rajputs" were the two teams who were fighting for the Championship after defeating the Thakur Boysand Balaut Bulls respectively in semifinals matches. "Shining Sangaldan" won the match and received cash prizes alongwith trophy, medallions were also given to each participant, the runners up were also facilitated.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Durga Das, Headmaster, GHSS Ramban said that the tournament has been a huge success in terms of unearthing the talent of youth from remote areas and channelizing their energy in the constructive field of sports and motivated youth of the region to participate in all possible sports activities as the opportunity comes. The final match was also attended by the various prominent persons and civilian dignitaries.
The mountaineering expedition team of Indian Army's Blazing Sword Division summated Mt Gorichen, one of the highest mountains in Eastern Himalayas located in Arunachal Pradesh at an altitude of 21,450 feet above mean sea level on the morning of September 19, 2016. The expedition flagged off from Chuna in Arunachal Pradesh by Maj Gen Alok Raj, General Officer Commanding, Blazing Sword Division of Gajraj Corps on 8th September saw the strivings of the team comprising of 23 members of highly trained mountaineers led by Lt Col Munish Bhardwaj, an avid mountaineer who has been part of previous expeditions to Macholi /J&K in 2003 & Mt Bhagirath II/ Uttarakhand in 2010.They had undergone intense and arduous selection process and were assisted by technical experts from Army Adventure Wing and National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS), Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh. On flag off, the expedition undertook an arduous trek of four days to Meerathang Glacier and established their Base Camp at Chokarsham on 12th September. Fighting the harsh terrain and adverse weather conditions the team further established Camp-I and Camp-II on 15th September and 16th September, respectively. They began their final ascent to Mt Gorichen on the moonlit night of 18-19 September, reaching the summit at 1045 Hours and hoisting the National Flag there.
In line with the initiative taken by the Prime Minister for promoting 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' and 'Go Green' ideas, the Indian Air Force is conducted "IAF Milan Cycling Expedition". Four teams from the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern tip of the country, comprising of 20 members each, started the cycle expedition from their respective territories and reached at Delhi on October 8, 2016.
Team West, led by Wing Commander Tarun Kumar started from Naliya, situated in western Kutch district of Gujarat, it was flagged off by Air Commodore Ajay Grover, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Naliya on September 13, 2016.
The team arrived at HQ SWAC Campus in Chiloda on September 16, 2016. Members of the team were flagged in by Air Vice Marshal KP Unnikrishnan Nair, Senior Officer-in-Charge Administration Headquarter South Western Air Command and a large number of air warriors with great zeal and enthusiasm. During their stay at Gandhinagar, the team carried out plantation of saplings and cleaning of areas in and around Gandhinagar as a part of 'Go Green' and 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'.
- Wing Commander Abhishek Matiman
To mark the occasion of 84th Air Force Day Air Force Station Bakshi Ka Talab (BKT) completed a cycle expedition. Gp Capt Tarun Chaudhry, Station Commander, Air Force Station BKT flagged-off the expedition on October 7, 2016.
The team consisted of five officers and four airmen from Air Force Station Bakshi Ka Talab (BKT) led by Wing Commander JD Masurkar. The team completed a Cycling Expedition to Shahjahanpur and back covering a total of 340 Kms.
The team reached Shahajahanpur Military Station in the same afternoon by covering a distance of 170 Kms. The team members interacted with the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya Shahajanpur Cantt.
With the Indian Air Force celebrating its 84th Anniversary on 08th Oct, this achievement has not only highlighted its motto 'Touch the Sky with Glory', but also set a motivating precedence for local cycling enthusiasts.
Physical fitness and spirit of adventure are the main key result areas of defence forces. In conformity with the same, Air Force Station BKT had formed a cycling club in July-Peddlers of BKT, which regularly carries out rides in and around Lucknow, covering distances upto 100 km.
Festival matches between officers and cadets of the passing out course were held at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala on October 9, 2016. These cadets will pass out from INA shortly and would be promoted as officers to lead their men onboard warships.
Festival matches offer an ideal platform for the passing out cadets to compete with the officers who are directly involved in their training. The aim of the festival matches is to develop bonhomie, sociability and to elevate the sporting interaction between officers and cadets.
Basketball, Volleyball, Football, Squash, Tennis and Badminton matches were played by teams comprising officers and cadets of the passing out courses. The entire stadium and sporting venue wore a festive look with squadron banners and decorative flags enriching the event.
Over 450 students and teachers from various schools of Pune got an opportunity on September 24, 2016 to visit an Infantry Battalion of Shivneri Brigade of the Indian Army. The visit included a briefing by Col Mukesh Pandey, CO 9th Batallion 'The Rajputana Rifles', lecture on career in the Armed Forces, Infantry weapons display, visit to Southern Command Museum and Paintball Range.
On arrival, the gathering was given an overview on life of a soldier in the Indian Army. This was followed by a movie on the history of the Infantry Battalion. A lecture on various career opportunities in the army was also conducted.
A weapon display was also organised for students were enthralled to witness the immense firepower and latest weaponry at the disposal of an Infantry Unit.